|Text on Button||DOLE '96. Be afraid. Be very afraid.|
Blue image of "The Scream" next to white and red text over red, white, and blue striped background.
|Curl Text||COLLECTORS' HOLIDAY ST. LOUIS, MO 314-894-9600|
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This is an unofficial anti-Bob Dole button. An image that looks hauntingly close to Edvard Munch's painting The Scream humorously hints at the fear some people felt about a potential President Dole. Robert (Bob) Joseph Dole was the Republican candidate during the 1996 US Presidential election. Dole ran against, and lost to, incumbent Democrat Bill Clinton. Dole received 159 electoral votes, while Clinton received 379.
Dole was born in Russell, Kansas and served in the US Army during World War II. He began his political career shortly after the war, in 1950, when he was elected to the Kansas State Legislature. He served only two years in the state legislature, and then serverd as the Russell County Attorney. In 1960, he was elected to the US House of Representatives. In 1969, Dole became a US Sentator for Kansas, an office he held until 1996 when he ran for US President.